US not allowed to install missile systems in PH – Duterte

US not allowed to install missile systems in PH – Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reacted to the plan of the United States of America deploying missiles in Asia.

Duterte declared that he will not allow the United States to install any missile systems in any part of the country. He adds that he acknowledges the existing mutual defense treaty between the two nations but still will reject any entry of foreign weapons, including nuclear arsenal in the country since this is considered a violation of the Constitution.

“There’s an item in the newspaper that they are going to place some ballistic mid-range (missiles). That can never happen,” Duterte said.
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“That will never happen because I will not allow [it] because it’s also a violation of the Constitution. You cannot place nuclear arms in the Philippines,” he added.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper wants to deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Asia supposedly to counter the rise of China in the region,, and he wanted to deploy such capability “sooner rather than later” but did not specify where the US will deploy these weapons.

Duterte also clarified that aside from preventing the entry of foreign weapons like missiles, he said he would also not allow “foreign troops, not only the Americas, in my land.”

“No troops will be stationed in Pag-asa Island,” he said.
The Chief executive insisted that he does not want the Philippines to be caught in the middle of the conflict between the United States and China.
These foreign powers can launch missiles that will “cross the Philippines but make sure they will not fall short” on the country, Duterte said in a jest. “I will get angry with you. If you want a fight, fight among yourselves. It’s geopolitics,” he said.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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